Artistic and Music director of the Barcelona Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Checa made his conducting debut on the international scene in 2005 in China, conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2009, he debuted in London with excellent reviews conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall. In 2014 he was personally invited by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and he made his debut in “El Sistema”.
Since 2008 Carlos Checa has been invited to conduct Latin-American Orchestras such as Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, Peru National Symphony Orchestra, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Honduras National Orchestra, Mendoza Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), and the Francisco de Miranda Youth Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela). He has also conducted the prestigious Wroclaw Philharmonic and the Pomeranian Philharmonic of Bydgoszcz in Poland. In Spain, he has conducted symphony orchestras such us the Orchestra of RTVE Madrid, Baleares Symphony Orchestra, Extremadura Orchestra, Cordoba Orchestra, Málaga Provincial Symphony Orchestra, Región de Murcia Symphony Orchestra, Ciudad Real Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecília Classical Orchestra , Youth National Orchestra of Spain, Manuel de Falla Orchestra and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005 Carlos founded the FIMUC Serranía de Cuenca festival. Since 2012, he has been the music director of the Ciudad de Música Orchestra (Cuenca), where he has conducted highlight concerts as the tribute to Teresa Berganza in February 2013, the opera tour around the main auditoriums of the Community of Castilla La Mancha with the opera “The Little Sweep” by Britten, and the celebration in 2014 of the XX Anniversary of Cuenca’s Auditorium, conducting a new production of the opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart.
Carlos Checa has conducted premieres of Spanish composers such as Andrés Valero Castells, Juan de Dios Garcia Aguilera and Paco Toledo, with whom EMEC label recently released his Symphony “Hipodámica”, work that was recorded by Carlos Checa with the Manuel de Falla Orchestra.
He began his musical studies in his hometown, in Barcelona, at the age of six and he took first steps as a conductor under the tutelage of maestro Francesc Llongueres. In 2001, under the tutelage of maestro Albert Argudo, he obtained his degree in orchestral conducting with top marks at the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona. He specializes in composition, instrumentation and musical pedagogy, and has also studied piano, oboe and violin. In 2006 he received a scholarship from the National Youth Orchestra of Spain.
Carlos Checa has taken conducting lessons with Kurt Masur, Antoni Ros Marbà and George Phelivanian.